Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Fans are very vocal on films that deserve better treatment on a home video format than what they receive. Here is our list of dvd's that are in dire need of a re-release.
These are in no particular order:
1. RawHead Rex- Released onto DVD October of 1999, this bare bones issue has been out of print for a few years and rarely dips below $200.00 for a new copy and $70.00 for a used copy. The movie is based from acclaimed horror writer Clive Barker's Books of Blood. Rawhead Rex is a demon, alive for millennia, trapped in the depths of hell, and waiting for release. He is held by an ancient seal, imprisoned for centuries in a barren field near the hamlet of Rathmore, Ireland. In time, this gruesome legacy has been forgotten, dismissed as an odd Per-christian myth until Tom Garron decides to plow the field his ancestors knew better than to disturb. The seal is broken and an unspeakable evil is unleashed - on a rampage of blood and lust. Howard Hallenbeck, an American historian, discovers on the stained glass windows of a local church a series of scenes illustrating the reign of terror of Rawhead Rex. But the one piece of glass depicting the defeat of the monster is missing. Howard is desperate for an answer - for Rawhead Rex is on the loose, and he is insatiable! A special edition of this movie is long overdue as many fans only remembrance of this film is the bunch of times HBO played it back in the late 80's and early 90's.
2. Fright Night 2- Released onto DVD in August of 2003, this classic movie received a bare bones release with a picture that looks as though they used a VHS copy as the transfer source. This movie goes for $100.00 new and hovers around $60.00 used. In this movie Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall), "The Great Vampire Killer," and Charlie Brewster (William Ragsdale) are back in the long-awaited sequel to the box office smash hit Fright Night. And so are the bloodthirsty creatures of the night. Charlie has just met Regine Dandridge (Julie Carmen), an exotic, heart-stopping beauty with a deadly taste for things warm and red. He can't stop thinking about her...dreaming about her. Not even Charlie's girlfriend, Alex (Traci Lin), nor Peter Vincent can keep him from being mesmerized by her fatally seductive powers. As the irresistible Regine drains the blood from his veins, Charlie is suddenly jolted by the spine-chilling reality that there's only one thing more terrifying than fighting vampires - becoming one. Director Tommy Lee Wallace (Halloween III) has surpassed the fright of the original film to create a tantalizing shocker in Fright Night Part II. This time the suckers want more than blood. They want revenge!
3. Silent Night Deadly Night- This film has had a couple of releases onto DVD, both of which went quickly out of print. It was first released as a double feature with part 2 in October 2003 and then again by itself in uncut form in December 2007. I think a special edition of this movie needs to be done for the states as the UK recently got one. I would like to see a featurette on all the controversy that surrounded it back in the 80's. Both versions of this film can be had for $70.00 new and $40.00 used. "Silent Night, Deadly Night" is the heartwarming story of little Billy Chapman who was traumatized by his parents' Christmas Eve rape and murder, then brutalized by sadistic orphanage nuns. But when a grown-up Billy is forced to dress as jolly St. Nick, he goes on a yuletide rampage to 'punish the naughty.' Santa Claus is coming to town...and this time he's got an axe!
4. Clownhouse- Released onto DVD in July 2003 this movie goes for around $80.00 new or used. This is a great horror thriller about three kid brothers who are alone in a big house are menaced by three escaped mental patients who have murdered some traveling circus clowns and taken their identities. A lot of controversy surrounds this movie as its director, Victor Salva, the man who brought us the Jeepers Creepers movies got into a lot of trouble for molesting the movies young star.
5. Shivers- Released onto DVD in September 1998, this movie started the slug zombie mini genre that inspired Night Of The Creeps and Slither among others. I think an ultimate edition is due as it has been almost 12 years since this saw store shelves. This movie costs about $130.00 new and $50.00 used. "If this picture doesn't make you scream and squirm, you should see a psychiatrist-quick!" shouts the film's trailer. This time the hyperbole is right. David Cronenberg's debut feature, and Canada's first domestic horror film, is an ingeniously engineered slasher of thoroughly modern horror that, like George Romero's Night of the Living Dead, charts a social breakdown by tearing through our most intrinsic taboos. A genetically engineered designer parasite-part aphrodisiac, part venereal disease-created by a modern-day mad scientist escapes into a colorless, self-contained apartment complex and goes searching for hosts. This monstrous parasite multiplies and invades the alienated occupants, turning them into a pack of id-driven sex maniacs. Cronenberg's suffocating vision of modern life turns his budgetary limitations-dreary, bland sets, flat lighting, and numb performances-into a severe portrait of society out of touch with its physical and emotional existence. Cronenberg pushed the boundaries of gore in 1974, but more insidious is the way he pushes the boundaries of behavior: under the influence of this invasive disease, families turn to incest and murder, strangers sexually assault the helpless, and finally they band together as a pack of bloodthirsty, libido-driven animals. That taboo-breaking display still has the power to get under your skin. The film has also been released under the titles The Parasite Murders and They Came from Within.
6. Nightbreed- One of Clive Barkers favorite, yet most underated films, Nightbreed is actually still in print on dvd but only in a featureless heavily edited version. Barker has said the original print is close to 3 hours long and includes more back story for the different characters of Midian. Ever since this information was released, fans have been clamoring for a studio to give us a true directors cut with everything restored. If you happen to be going to Horror Hound Weekend at the end of the month, you will be getting to see Barkers true vision.